U.S.-Belgium partnership is on front lines of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Man and woman putting vaccine boxes in freezer (© Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees put Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccines in a freezer at the Pfizer factory in Puurs, Belgium, on February 22. (© Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s no better example of what the United States and Belgium can do together than the extraordinary success achieved by Pfizer, whose scientists in the United States and Europe lead the world’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Belgium’s pharmaceutical production facilities are delivering that success to the world.

Vaccine vial labeled "Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19" with a needle in it (© Eric Lalmand/AP Images)
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is ready to be administered during the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for those in higher-risk categories at a vaccine center in Overijse, Belgium, on February 18. (© Eric Lalmand/AP Images)

Pfizer’s production facility in Flanders manufactures and delivers COVID-19 vaccine to customers around the globe.

The pharmaceutical sector is an integral part of Belgium’s economy, and the United States is Belgium’s Number 1 trading partner worldwide for pharmaceuticals. U.S. companies employ over one-third of Belgium’s pharmaceutical sector.